Radio Stations: SABC Radio Stations
Topic: Apply Now: Health Sciences at University
Original Script Written by: Celimpilo Khumalo
Programme Date: 18-21 March 2019
Target Audience: The General public
The objectives of this programme are to:
The entire programme runs for 30 minutes; which includes Public Services announcements (PSAs).
Opening Billboard: ‘This programme is brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education.’
Presenter: Thank you for joining us for another informative episode of Khetha brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in partnership with SABC Education. Today we are talking about Apply Now: Health Sciences. Applications for careers or qualifications in the Health Sciences faculty close early, around May/June for admission to study the following year. Hence it is important that learners be aware of the application processes and other requirements. We are joined in the studio by our guest speaker from the Department ********. Our guest will enlighten us about the topic today. It’s good to have you on the show ********.
Presenter: What exactly are the Health Science careers?
Guest: Health Science careers lead to occupations that allow health workers to qualify and often treat patients with medical conditions. Common careers such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing etc. often come to mind when talking about health related careers. Actually the field is very broad with a wide range of occupations in the field. The careers are categorized as follows:
There are specific occupations within these categories and mostly they require a University qualification and training.
Presenter: What are the admission requirements to study within the categories you have mentioned?
Guest: It is essential to mention that each and every qualification and institution has specific minimum admission requirements. However there are generic principles that learners need to be aware of especially when we are talking admission to study at university. Let me explain these in details.
The final grade 11 report also forms part of the requirements. Most institutions (if not all) require it; failure to attach the report will result in the application being deemed as incomplete. University admissions are based on merit. This means that the higher your marks, the higher the chances of getting accepted. Therefore meeting the minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission to the programme you applied for. Furthermore; there is stiff competition considering that you apply with other learners who also want to get into similar programmes as you. Therefore learners need to work hard in order to achieve excellent marks.
Presenter: Thank you for this detailed explanation about the admission requirements. Now let’s talk about the application process. What important things are there to look out for?
Guest: I want to make applicants aware that there are two methods of applications namely: manual (hardcopy) and online application. It is worth noting that most institutions emphasise online applications. There are crucial aspects that you have to consider for both methods of application. First and foremost you need to check:
Presenter: What other important admission requirements should applicants be aware of?
Guest: National Benchmark Test (NBT) is one of the common requirements for admission to university studies. NBT is an assessment/test that assesses academic readiness of first year university students. It assesses the ability to combine aspects of prior learning in competency areas that directly impact on success of first year university students. These tests are administered under standardized testing conditions at sites across South Africa on designated ‘national’ test dates. The university prescribes whether a learner should or should not write the test and which test to write.
Presenter: Where can learners obtain the application forms for Health Sciences courses?
Guest: They can obtain application forms through the following processes:
Please note that most universities encourage online application. This means that applicants must have access to internet. There are various places where learners can access free internet such as community libraries, youth desks at Municipal normally referred to as Thusong centres and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) offices and schools with the help of Educators.
Presenter: Let’s say that a learner has applied early; what should happen next?
Guest: Learners often think that after applying, the application process ends there. Although it is expected that institutions should communicate with the applicants regarding the status of their application, I urge learners to also take initiative by contacting the university to track their application. They must not wait for the last minute.
Presenter: Please tell us of any available funding opportunities in the Health Sciences field and who offers them?
Guest: There are different types of funding opportunities available; namely Bursaries, Scholarships, and Loans. These are offered by different organizations such as government departments and entities, private companies and other organizations. Funding opportunities are advertised by the organization or department concerned and leaners must ensure that they apply in time. To get details about available funding opportunities from government departments, entities or private companies; learners must apply directly to these organizations. I will mention a few of these opportunities specifically for Health Sciences careers:
In order to be eligible for the bursary, applicants must meet the following requirements:
The bursary application period opens annually on 1 August and closes on 31 August. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Application is done online: https://careers.clicksgroup.co.za. Please note: preference will be given to historically disadvantaged South Africans.
Presenter: This is very enlightening! Do you have any words of encouragement to our prospective applicants?
Guest: It is crucial to get all the information you need as early as possible so that you make informed decisions and apply on time. Applying early for admission also puts you in a better position to apply for financial assistance. Remember when applying for funding opportunities you need to have proof that you have applied or that you have been provisionally admitted at a higher education institution.
Most learners procrastinate applying because they want to first get their grade 12 mid-term (June) reports. Note that if you are in grade 12, you need to use your grade 11 results to apply for admission at university. If your mid-term results are required; the university will communicate this to you. Do not wait until an institution closes for applications.
It is also essential to apply to as many universities as possible, at least three higher education institutions, if not more.
Presenter: Thank you for sharing this invaluable information with us and for your words of encouragement. I am certain that most of our young listeners enjoyed today’s topic and would need further advice. Where can our listeners get more information?
Guest: It is a pleasure and for more information the listener can reach us through
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Closing Billboard: ‘This programme was brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education’.